Rose Ellen Rife, 86, Warsaw, passed away at 10:25 p.m., July 11, 2019, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw. She was born on March 29, 1933, in West Branch, MI to Morley and Rosa (Cooley) McClung.
She lived most of her life in the Kosciusko County area. On Sept. 7, 1958, she was united in marriage to George Rife in Warsaw. During her life she worked at Free Methodist Publishing House and later worked for and retired from Rhodehever Word Publishing.
She was a charter member of Celebration United Methodist Church, Warsaw. During her life she leased and operated Shady Book Stables with her husband where individuals could board horses and they also offered equine therapy riding for the handicap. She was an avid quilter, enjoyed going to hockey games and thoroughly enjoyed roller skating; especially back in the day at The Wheel in Winona Lake where she met her husband.
She is survived by her children: Rex (spouse Rhonda) Rife of Pierceton; Rose Marie (spouse James) Bradley of Warsaw; Sisters; Virginia Breske of Warsaw; Marilyn Susaraba of Florida; Eileen Tucker of Warsaw; Janet Ihnen of Warsaw; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband; George Rife, son; Gregary Stephan Rife, and a great-granddaughter.
A Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. Chaplain Ken Locke will officiate the service and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to either: Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County PO Box 1906 Warsaw, IN 46581 OR Celebration United Methodist Church 1289 S. 250 E. Winona Lake, IN 46590
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